Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Preview: August 29th - August 31st, 2014

Summer might almost be over (despite the 99 degrees in my car yesterday), but events in Orlando are starting to heat up again.

Weekend Events

The Central Florida Film Festival is happening all weekend. Hosted in a nifty little theater in Ocoee, single tickets are $10, or get an all-day pass to hide out from the heat for $25 (which includes entry to all of the day's movies, one medium popcorn, one medium drink, and three Audience Choice Award ballots). 

If haven't seen it already, stop by the Gallery at Avalon Island in Downtown to view 13 photographers' exhibits for TrIP - Transit Interpretation Project, which includes our very own Tina Craig! The galleries are open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00am to 6:00pm. 

Not only is the Brevard Zoo turning 20 this year, it's also hosting its annual Cold-Blooded Weekend, from August 30th through September 1st. Every day from 10:00am to 3:00pm, meet venomous snakes, alligator snapping turtles, diamondback terrapins (aka more turtles), and other critters, complete with activities and prizes. 

Friday, August 29th

Last Fridays = Critical Mass in Orlando, so grab your bike and head to Loch Haven Park for a 5:20pm departure. Oh, and it's called Hot Azz August Critical Blast, because, you know: August in Orlando.

The Milk Bar hosts a special Full Band Acoustic Show with MILKA this Friday at 10:00pm. No cover, 21+.

Okay, here's something lame about me: I still haven't seen The Fifth Element. But that's no excuse to miss The Fifth Element Trivia at Bikes, Beans  Bordeaux. It's happening this Friday night at 7:00pm.

Saturday, August 30th

Heavy F**king Metal Art Show is kicking off this Saturday, 8:00pm, at The Falcon. Metal art, metal music, and beer. What else do you want?

Aaah, Saturdays. So full of opportunity to be that better you: go for a run, buy some local groceries, clean your house... Well, at least you can achieve one of those by attending a Saturday farmers market, such as the Casselberry Farmers Market (9:00am to 1:30pm) and the Winter Park Farmer's Market (7:00am to 1:00pm). (The jury is still out whether it's Farmers or Farmer's...)

Noles, listen up: Wall Street Plaza is hosting a Garnet & Gold Watch Party this Saturday starting at 8:00pm. The event includes $2 Coors Light for the first half, $12.50 buckets, and free shots when the FSU scores.

The Orlando Facial Hair Club is meeting again at Oblivion Taproom for Burgers, Beers and Beards (Saturday at 8:00pm). Come for the beer, stay for the raffle, stickers, shirts, and hats. 

Sunday, August 31st

Come out an support your Orlando City Soccer Club this Sunday as they take on the Dayton Dutch Lions at ESPN Wide World of Sports at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $19.

The regular Sunday Funday Block Party turns Labor Day Block Party at Wall Street Plaza this weekend, starting this Sunday at 3:00pm.

What are you up to this weekend? Leave a comment!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekend Preview: August 22nd - August 24th, 2014

Get ready to kick it in Orlando this weekend, folks!


Friday and Saturday - Get ready for a second chance to watch Corsets & Cuties: a Burlesque Cabaret (the first weekend was sold out quick)! Check them out at The Venue. $14, Cocktail hour at 8pm, show at 9pm.


Got a great job? Willing to lose it for a day of free beer?? Check out Wall Street Plaza's City Skip Day. It starts at noon, because who gets up early to play hooky?

Naw? Not risque enough for you? No worries, Nerd Nite is having a killer happy hour at Howl at the Moon which includes free admission, a free happy hour buffet, two $1 drink tickets, and a wet t-shirt contest! No. That's a lie. It's a dry t-shirt contest for the nerdiest shirt. But you know you have a punny shirt you want to show off. 6-8pm. Be sure to RSVP here!

Get your art and culture on- Head over to Sanford for the Sanford Art Walk (6pm) and stick around for the 2014 Love Your Shorts Film Festival Summer Rewind (8pm) where $5 gets you in to watch 8 of the favorite shorts from around the world.

Got a surreal story to tell? Drop your name in a hat at the Orlando Story Club's Public Story Slam where 10 randomly selected attendees get 5 minutes to tell their tale and randomly selected judges pick a winner. Or, in other words, an introvert's worst nightmare. Surreal – Stories to Make You Go 'Huh?' starts at 7:00pm at OMA. $12 advance, $15 at the door


Do something for someone else. While stuffing your face full of cheese. Give in to your gluttony at O-town Mac-down where professional chefs will be showcasing their favorite mac & cheese recipes! Oh yes, Toasted will be there with their mac & cheese sandwich. $10 if you order your ticket online before Friday at 5pm or $15 at the door, benefitting Give Kids the World Village (a ridiculously cool getaway for kids with life-threatening illnesses). 11am - 4pm

Like local food? How about local art? Get your fix at Homegrown Coop's Eat Your ART Out art show. Free to attend with some great music and free snacks, but grab some groceries and support the Coop at this fundraiser! 7pm - 10pm


"That'll do, pig. That'll do." reminisce about that herding porker at The Enzian's Peanut Butter Matinee of Babe at 12pm.
Bodcast Broadcast: A Body-Positive Burlesque Show by Polylust

Wait! Did I hear you say that you needed more burlesque in your weekend? Catch the Bodcast Broadcast: A Body-Positive Burlesque Show by Polylust at Will's Pub. 18+ $5 at the door. Did we mention that Dr. Buttstallion will be making an appearance?

Dig the tiny house movement? Never realized that there is a tiny house community in Orlando? Me neither! But this weekend they're opening their minuscule places for a pot-luck and some small house chatting. Head over to the College Park Village RV/Tiny House Community for Open [Tiny] Houses in Orlando!3-5 pm Tiny House Tours, 5-6 pm Potluck Dinner and Social. Because why the hell not?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Preview: August 15th - August 16th, 2014

A male review / circus combo, a farewell party, and kinky shopping--this weekend is gettin' weird.

Friday, August 15th

Who needs Cirque du Soleil when you have the American Circus Arts Academy Grand Opening that has three shows in one! Everything you could imagine about a circus with a bonus male review at the end, along with several auctions throughout the night. Starts at 6:00pm, $10 for one show, $15 for 2, or $20 for all 3.

On behalf of the I.D.E.A.S. initiative "Project Rethink" (seen at the first OrlandoSOUP!), Shine Shed brings you a night of art, music, and a little bit of thought in their Industrial Roots art show. Get groovy with us while pondering the effects of WASTE and the many ways we can reduce it! Repent! AND confess your environmental wrong doings at the Environmental Confessional Booth! No judgement, just improvement.

Saturday, August 16th

So you just got paid and are in the market for some new jewelry, or toys, or... bondage rope, right? Don't get your knickers in a twist (unless you're into that), the Woodshed Orlando has a Shopping Extravaganza! where you can pick up anything from floggers to regular greeting cards. Shopping will never have made you feel so guilty; 3:00-7:00pm.

Would you rather pick up some vintage clothes while listening to great music from Lazy Afternoon? Well, lucky for you Retromended Vintage in Ivanhoe is having a 2 Year Anniversary Courtyard Party from 2:00 to 6:00pm with refreshments and 25% off the whole store (and plenty of $5-$10 goodies!).

No matter what stage of grief you're in, it's happening Orlando--we are losing BBQ Bar, Eye Spy, and Sky Sixty. But not before we re-live our early-'20s (for those reading this that are currently in your early-'20s, get off our lawn...we mean that in the most bitter and jealous way possible) by joining BBQ Bar in celebrating with them for their Bittersweet 16 Party

[We at theORLANDOAN have a special place in our hearts for BBQ Bar because it's where our lovely sister met her husband, as well as Eye Spy where our Instagramer first hung out with her husband. Join us in celebrating all the drunk photobooth pictures, the wallpaper made out of band stickers, the and all the sweaty dancing while wearing flannel in the middle of the summer that was had over the years. Raise your PBRs to the memories made and keep an eye out for your favorite knick knack decoration because we hear they will be auctioning off some things later this month!]

You know how the rest of the country thinks Florida is this haven of sunshine and beaches and horrible political decisions? The last one is true, but by this time during the year true Floridians have two strong words for the sweltering heat, humidity, and the sun. The Milk District is having a party that captures those two words perfectly- Body//Talk's Fuck Summer party. There will be DJs spinning and an area with face-painting, hopscotch, and jump ropes for all your silly party needs. Starts at 9pm.

Sunday, August 17th

You know what my car really needs? Free gas. But also a wash! Thornton Park is doing a community Car Wash to benefit their Tree Lighting Beautification Project. Cars will get washed at Wildside BBQ & Grill from 11:00am to 2:00pm. (There will be no free gas.)

Speaking of ways to support your local charities, the Orange County Animal Services and Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is throwing a Canines, Cats & Cabaret event at the Orlando REP  where 100% of the proceeds go directly to the care of Orange County's homeless animals. $25, 7:30-10:00pm, cash bar, cute animals, human performers.

What are you up to this weekend? 
Leave a comment!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekend Preview: August 8th - August 10th, 2014

Photo via Quantum Leap Winery
Weekend Events

Cup-A-Thon XXX is this Friday and Saturday, complete with wet t-shirt contests, adult film stars, and...wait, wrong event. Let's try that again: Cup-A-Thon XXX is this Friday and Saturday, which is your chance to browse hundreds of original ceramic mugs, goblets, and bowls that you can buy to support the CrealdĂ© School of Art.

ONF a.k.a. #ONF2014 a.k.a. Orlando Nerd Fest is happening this weekend through Monday to bring you an extra dose of everything nerd, from culture and costumes to musicians and artists. Passes are $20 on Friday, ($30 on if we condone events over $20...), $15 on Sunday, and FREE on Monday when it moves over to The Geek Easy. Free parking every day, too!

Friday, August 8th

Second Fridays will keep you busy in Central Florida. First, the Conductor Crawl joins the Second Friday schedule and is happening at 6:00pm at Ceviche on Church Street.

Next up is the Mount Dora Art Stroll from 6:00 to 8:00pm. With artsy galleries, cute shops, and adorable restaurants, it's like a crafty version of Disneyworld. Finally, Casselberry's Art & Music in the Park (complete with The Food Truck Bazaar) is happening from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

Jai Gallery is having an exhibit opening this Friday starting at 6:00pm for Radiance: Monte Olinger Solo Exhibition. Likewise, Groundwork: A Living Walls Art Show opens the same night at Twelve21 Gallery, starting at 6:00pm, featuring works of living art.

If you have a 4 Non Blondes song ready to be belted out, then stop by Nerdy Karaoke this Friday from 8:00pm to midnight at The Geek Easy. No cover and drink specials!

A glass of wine never hurt nobody, so stop by Quantum Leap Winery for their Wine Down event from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with live music, food, and lots of wine.

Saturday, August 9th

A Mid Summers' Night Dream for Time Travelers Masquerade Ball. (I don't even know what to say about that title, other than that I think it's "A Midsummer Night's Dream....") Adventurous souls can stop by Sanford's Little Fish Huge Pond for a night of steampunk costumes, live performances, a DJ, vendors, and other activities. Tickets are $10 and include a drink.

Take a day trip to discover some good beer on the Space Coast at the North Brevard Craft Brew Fest this Saturday from 3:00 to 7:00pm at Sand Point Park in Titusville. 

Put your hands up, bitches: It's time for another Big Bang Bazaar. Bring some new indie art, trendy crafts, and cool vintage finds into your home. $5 cover; 11:00am to 6:00pm.

Sunday, August 10th

Check out some of the best local film-making at Enzian's FilmSlam '14 happening this Sunday at 1:00pm. Tickets are $5.

TheDailyCity's Food Truck Bazaar is back in Orlando this weekend. Stop by Fashion Square Mall this Sunday between 6:00 and 9:00pm and grab dinner at over two dozen mobile restaurant options.

What are you up to this weekend? Comment below!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Weekend Preview: August 1st - August 3rd, 2014

This weekend's going to get weird. Just go with it...

Friday, August 1st

As Kaleigh Baker's Summer Tour comes to an end, she'll be playing two shows in Orlando (the city she left... #NeverForget). Don't miss her performance this Friday, 9:30pm, at The Milk Bar. No cover (because she owes us that)

Come out and mingle with creative Orlandoans at this Friday's Snap! After Dark Social Salon. You know you want to. Everyone's going.... The event will feature a live fashion photo shoot, DJs, projections, and cocktails (basically, everything you expect from Snap + booze). But wait, tickets are $25! **Special Offer** We're putting the first 10 people to email on a special list for $20 tickets! Email us before 5:00pm and we'll confirm if you've made the cut; pay only $20 for your tickets at the door. Super easy!

Feeling like mingling Eyes-Wide-Shut-style? Well, imagine that movie without the orgies and you've got the Orlando Masquerade going on at Orchid Garden at Church Street Station (you know, the old Club Paris.... Don't act like you never tried it...). Tickets are $15 but register here and bring a backpack of school supplies to get in free! 9:00pm

It's that time again! That time where there's no parking in Audubon Park because it's Date Night at Leu Gardens! Catch the 1938 classic, You Can't Take It With You!, also the theme for the night at the Gardens (I see you getting that shovel ready). 8:30 pm, but get there early! $6 for adults, $3 for kids, free with a membership.

Feel like getting down with your date for a bit more of a risque' adventure? Head over to The Venue for Corsets and Cuties, A Burlesque Cabaret. Tix are $13.65 (damn fees....) and 8:00pm doors & cocktails, 9:00pm show

No girlfriend/boyfriend? Just want to hang and sing your geeky heart out? The Geek easy is having their weekly Nerdy Karaoke. 8:00pm, no cover, drink specials, and your ear may start bleeding.

Saturday, August 2nd

Cheer on your Orlando City Lions (so that you can proudly announce it to the world that you've been a fan since before they went MLS) at the Wide World of Sports as they play the Charlotte Eagles. 7:30pm game, GA tix start at $19.
you + Jordan Castellano = <3 4-eva

Retro City Cycles is holding an Alley Cat Race (a point-to-point, scavenger-hunt-style bicycle race involving all types of cyclists at all skill levels). Registration will be at Retro City Cycles beginning at 1 pm. Race will start promptly at 2:00pm. Rain or shine! Entry is $5 + canned food item to One Heart, and all bikes are welcome to enter (no helmet required.... but don't be an idiot).

1994 called- it wants it's slap bracelet back. And while you're at it, head over to Will's Pub for 1994 - A one night event celebrating music and culture from the year. The Pauses, Wet Nurse, and The New Lows will perform full cover sets featuring songs by Veruca Salt, Green Day, NIN, Dinosaur Jr., Pearl Jam, NOFX, Weezer, TLC, & many more. Also, expect other '94 related goodies: Movies/TV Shows, Video Games, a Blue Album-themed Photobooth, and a few more surprises. Tix are $8, show starts at 9:00pm

OR, just grab a beer and look at some neat local art at RLRL's Deadly Gardens Art Show. starts at 8:00pm, no cover.

Sunday, August 3rd

Are you surprised?
Downtown CREDO and the Parramore Kids Zone are organizing the 2nd Annual Bike Rally this Sunday at 10:00am. Don't be an asshole- bike for the kids!

Ever wanted to know how to ferment your own Kombucha??? Me neither! But this still sounds like hippy-fun! How To Make Your Own Kombucha At Home, 4:30pm at Wild Hare Kitchen and Garden Emporium (um, YES PLZ) in Longwood.

What tickles your fancy this weekend, Orlando? Let us know in the comments!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekend Preview: July 25th - July 27th, 2014

Plinio Pinto Cosplay Art Exhibit Orlando - The Falcon
by Plinio Pinto
Friday, July 25th

Another installment of the Sanford Art Walk is happening this Friday from 6:00 to 9:00pm featuring six galleries and of course Sanford's bars and restaurants. 

If you missed The LEGO Movie in theaters (like I did), here's your chance to see it for free: Movieola will show the movie at 8:30pm, with food and activities starting at 6:30pm. It's all happening on Lake Eola Park's East Lawn. 

Last Friday means it's time for Orlando Critical Mass's July Critical Blast! Grab your bike, lights, helmet, and friends, and meet up at Loch Haven Park around 5:00pm because the mass of bikes departs at 6:00pm sharp. 

Saturday, July 26th

Beat the summer heat (and rain) and attend an early farmers market this Saturday: Winter Park's Saturday Farmers' Market (7:00am to 1:00pm) has some great baked goods, flowers, and other local goodies; the Casselberry Farmers Market (9:00am to 1:30pm, now weekly) features products from local honey to home-made jams. 

Spend a day on the lake and help the fight against blood cancers? You can do both at the 2014 Lake Conway Wipeout, this Saturday from noon to 5:00pm.

Project Cosplay is artist Plinio Pinto's latest series of watercolor portraits, which will be exhibited at The Falcon. Come by for the opening party (cosplay encouraged!) this Saturday at 8:00pm for art, drinks, food from the Sushi  & Seoul food truck, and a saucy live performance by Katie James

Arnold Day 10 Lazy Moon Orlando
Come out for a "celebration of a figure that spans many generations and platforms" at this year's Arnold Day X, hosted by Lazy Moon. There will be Arnold-centric activities, as well as food and drink specials. 

Cafe Tu Tu Tango Turns 20! And they're celebrating with live art, music, plenty of food and drink specials, and a community mural. Check them out this Saturday from 3:00 to 11:00pm. 

Sunday, July 27th

Aaaaand breeaaathhhhh...into a yoga workout at Yoga at Lake Eola Park, every Sunday at 11:00am and Lake Eola's north-east corner. Just around the corner, reward yourself with some yummy brunch at the Orlando Farmers Market (10:00am to 4:00pm).

[Insert "Who let the dogs out?" joke.] Bring your pup to Dogs Day Out at Orlando Brewing, every Sunday from 1:00 to 9:00pm. 

What are you doing this weekend, Orlandoans? Leave a comment!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weekend Preview: July 17th - July 20th, 2014

Wallpaper by local artist Anna Rifle Bond - Rifle Paper Company
Wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co.
Weekend Events

Take a sledgehammer to your unsuspecting piggy bank this weekend, because it's time for another Rifle Paper Co. Sidewalk Sale. Paper, Printing and Pops is happening this Friday (10:00am-7:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am-5:00pm) and features up to 75% off all samples, limited-edition prints created on-site, and a complimentary treat from the Pop Parlour.

Thursday, July 17th

Orlando Local Publisher of Short Stories / Literature
Local publisher Burrow Press is celebrating the release of Forget How You Found Us: 15 Views of Orlando Vol. III with a special Book Release Party, happening this Thursday at 7:00pm. It's a free event, so come out downtown's Gallery at Avalon Island for live readings; the Gallery's newest show, Untold Stories; drinks; and mingling. 

After the book release party, stop by Lil Indies for the caffeine-rich Culture Buzz - Coffee / Cocktails / Music event. The Lil Indies gang is teaming up with Slow Food Orlando and Abeja de CafĂ© (who are organizing September's Florida Coffee Symposium) to bring you specialty cocktails featuring Lineage Coffee's amazing cold brews, accompanied by rad DJ tunes. It starts Thursday at 10:00pm; no cover.

Back downtown, check out Taste of Church Street. Registration opens at 5:00pm (free) and includes free drinks and $1-$2 food items from the district's bars and restaurants, as well as goodies from sponsor booths. It's all part of the the 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop, happening across Downtown this Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

Start celebrating Belgian National Day early (see below) with Ommegang in Oblivion, Oblivion Taproom's Belgian beer party with raffles, drinks, and food; 4:00pm to close.

Friday, July 18th

I hear that train a comin', it's rolling 'round the bend... and it's here for the July Conductor Crawl! Meet up with the pub-crawl at 6:00pm this Friday at Cafe Red in Downtown and crawl through the bars in DTO, Winter Park, and back to DTO. It's free to participate and features plenty of drink special, but be sure to get your SunRail ticket ($3.75 round trip)!

Orlando Conductor Crawl - SunRail Winter Park

Happy Belgian National Day! How do you celebrate it? With fancy beer, of course! Events include Belgian Independence Day Bash at Barley and Vine Biergarten (5:00-?:00), La Chouffe Party at Gnarly Barly (6:00-9:00), and St. Arnoldus Day at Redlight Redlight (5:00-?:00).

Phat-N-Jazzy presents '80s Soul Nite II at Will's Pub, this Friday, doors at 9:00pm. Live musicians perform R&B classics, followed by DJ BMF spinning old-school vinyl. 

Saturday, July 19th

A little birdie told us about the Second Annual Orlando Beer Tour, which starts this Saturday at 7:00pm. Wear your lighted vests, glow sticks, team shirt (optional), and some good shoes--you're gonna be runnin'. Meet at the Lake Eola Publix downtown, then run the 7.1 miles to Milk Bar, Redlight Redlight, BART, and finish at Tap and Grind. It's free to participate and singles and groups are welcome!

At the Elks Club's monthly Vintage Fair (this Saturday at 8:30am), you can get creative with your next home decor project by browsing unique booths of used/vintage/old items.

Sunday, July 20th

This Sunday is the 6th Annual Southern Fried Sunday Benefit for The Mustard Seed. $10 cover includes music on multiple indoor and outdoor stages, food trucks, vendors, vintage cars, and pin-up girls. It starts in Mills50 at 3:00pm. 

Live Music in Orlando this Weekend
The Timucua Whitehouse is hosting another great art-music event this Sunday at 7:00pm, featuring pianist Addison Frei and art demos by Lisa Rodriguez. The event is free, but donations are appreciated; BYOB and food to share.

The Orange Blossom Blues Society presents its 6th Annual OBBS Musicians Relief Fund Benefit, featuring seven local bands this Sunday from 1:00 to 6:00pm at Blue 42. Your $5 cover helps musicians in need.

What are you doing this weekend, Orlando? Leave a comment!